Vigilantes Empower Members Against Rape

By Hussein Yahaya

About 2000 female members of Vigilante Group of Nigeria (VGN) have completed a three-day capacity building workshop on gender and child protection.

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The workshop, organised by the VGN in collaboration with the Institute of Administration, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria and Corporate Security and Intelligence Studies Ltd, was to expose participants to incidences that constitute abuse against children, women and other vulnerable groups.

Speaking at the closing of the workshop weekend in Abuja, the VGN Commandant-General, Usman Mohammed Jahun, said women were expected to stand against social menace such as rape, child trafficking and other violence.

He advised female vigilantes to brace up for the challenges ahead and report violation of women and child rights to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons (NAPTIP) or relevant security agencies. Jahun said the Group was collaborating with Non-Governmental Organisations, banks, UNICEF among others on how its female members would be adequately empowered.

He used the opportunity to announce the first female State Commandant of the Group for Plateau State.


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